Fast-Track Into Your Career as an Associate Project Manager – Level 4 Apprenticeship

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Do you see yourself developing and pitching project’s across diverse industry sectors? Do you enjoy being a part of a team to achieve project outcomes? If you have identified with any of those, then you are in the right place. What better way to fast-start your career than diving straight into an Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship. Utilise and develop your transferable skills to help companies succeed in a substantial project.

What is an Associate Project Manager?

Behind every company’s success is a well-rounded Project Management Team. Projects can be developed and presented across many industry sectors. Large and small – they are all significant.

Covering everything from developing and pitching your project’s business case, managing budgets and risk management. An associate project manager understands what is required to be achieved and how it will be done.

With this Apprenticeship, you will be able to fast-track your career and develop skills in project management. You can use those skills to take on many job roles in this sector.

Is this role right for me?

All job roles require a specific level of knowledge before diving deeper into the role. A successful associate project manager utilizes resources with suitable skills, experience, and knowledge to work together in a motivated and well-rounded team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities, and authorities. Here are the required pieces of knowledge to become an Associate Project Manager Apprentice:

  • Project governance
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project communication and context
  • Leadership
  • Scheduling, Budgeting, and Cost Control
  • Consolidated planning
  • Business case and benefits management
  • Project scheduling
  • Resource management
  • Project risk and issue management
  • Project quality
Man women reporting project planning analysing management

What skills am I required to have?

In this apprenticeship, it is expected to have a range of skills that are relevant to this job role. These skills can also be developed and worked on. Being trained by experts in the project management field will put you ahead of the competition for future job roles you take on. The required skills and behaviors are listed below:

Skills:

  • Project governance – Project monitoring, reporting cycle to track, assess and interpret the performance of projects.
  • Stakeholder and communications management – Communicate to a variety of different audiences. Contribute to negotiations relating to project objectives.
  • Budgeting and cost control – Develop and agree on project budgets, monitor forecast and actual costs against them, and control changes.
  • Business case – Contribute to the preparation or maintenance of a business case including achieving required outcomes.
  • Scope management – Determine, control, and manage changes to the project, including assumptions, dependencies, and constraints.
  • Consolidated planning – Monitor progress against the consolidated plan and refine as appropriate.
  • Schedule management – Prepare and maintain schedules for activities aligned to project delivery.
  • Risk, and issue management – Respond to and manage issues within a defined governance structure.
  • Contract management and procurement – Facilitate a procurement process, contribute to the definition of contractual agreements and contribute to managing a contract.
  • Quality management – Develop a quality management plan, manage project assurance, and contribute to peer reviews.
  • Resource management – Develop resource management plans for project activities.

Behaviors:

  • Collaboration and teamwork 
  • Leadership 
  • Effective and appropriate communication
  • Drive for results 
  • Integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism
Project planning teamwork collaboration management

What are the entry requirements to become an Associate Project Manager Apprentice?

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements for their apprentices. Typically candidates will have achieved a grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics. And, hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points or equivalent.

Additional Details

The typical duration of this apprenticeship will be 24 months.

Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics. Prior to taking the end-point assessment (EPA).

Conclusion

When you complete the course, you’ll have many opportunities in project management. From working as a dedicated project manager to related roles such as program managers, project planners, and more.

If you’re new to project management and looking to develop your existing career with practical, widely valued skills in this essential discipline, this apprenticeship program is for you.

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Improvement Leader Apprenticeship Level 6; a Worldwide Opportunity!

Who in the World would employ you?

With the rapid growth of multinational companies and the globalisation of every countries job sector, it has never been more important to stand out from the crowd. A level 6 Improvement Leader Apprenticeship could be exactly what you need.

The UK’s biggest company (BP) which according to the Global 500 is the worlds’ 8th biggest company has the total workforce of 70,000 but only 15,000 are based in the UK. This means the most successful UK company only has 21.4% of its workforce based in the UK. This fact isn’t unique, the world’s biggest company (Walmart) the well known American supermarket chain have 700,000 of their total 2,300,000 employees working outside of America, which equates to 30.4% of their employees. So it is no longer a case of just competing with people from your town or county, you are competing against your continent and the World!

It is important to realise this mass globalisation of jobs isn’t a bad thing, in fact it is a positive. There are almost 200 countries worldwide and now you have a chance to work for any company, from any of these countries, so you are no longer limited to a job in your local town you have the ability to find the job that fits you worldwide.

What will you gain from this apprenticeship?

From this apprenticeship you will gain a level 6 qualification, which is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from University. According The Guardian Only 27.2% of UK adults aged between the age of 16-74 have a qualification of this level, so based on qualifications you will have an advantage against 72.8% of UK adults. According to the HuffPost only 6.7% of the world have a qualification of this level so you are putting yourself ahead of 93.3% of the world’s population with this qualification.

As well as earning this Improvement leader apprenticeship qualification you will gain many skills, including:

  • Improved Strategy Development: You will learn how to develop and adapt your plan and your ability to implement your plan.
  • Team Formation & Leadership: You will learn how to best form a team and the most out of each member of the team
  • Voice of Customer: Understanding and explaining to a team the thoughts of a customer
  • Process Mapping and Analysis: Improving your ability to spot new opportunities from analysis, leading to an improving cycle
  • Data Analysis: The ability to interpret data, and work out how you and your team are performing, and if there are any improvements needed
  • Project selection and scooping: Establishing guidelines for a project you have identified for your team to work on
  • Benchmarking: the ability to compare your company to rivals
A level 6 Improvement Leader Apprentice with the ability to work for any company in the world
Learn how to get the best out of every member of the team

Drive for results

You will develop your drive for both sales and customer experience, inturn inspiring your team to follow suit. As you become successful you will become more passionate in your work creating a positive loop.

Team Working

You will learn you can’t be the best in every field, it is important to create a strong team mentality. You will be responsible for improving team performance and resolving any issues.

Professionalism

You will learn to work to the highest standard, no regardless of any issues. This is desirable to both customers, company owners and members of your own team. Professionalism displays personal resilience to any challenge and shows you aren’t swayed in decision by pressure.

Strategic Thinking

Instead of just planning for today you will learn to plan for different future eventualities. This could involve:

  • Diversifying range of product for if one range becomes unpopular. For example Amazon started off selling books but now they sell groceries, host websites and create TV shows
  • Finding new tools and planning how they could help and be implemented
  • Planning new sales campaigns

Safe Working

Recognising opportunities to improve safe working conditions

An Improvement Leader Apprenticeship, delivering you to your destination
Apply for the Improvement Leader Apprenticeship now and see where in the world it could take you.

Kickstart your career with a Level 4 Vehicle Damage Assessor Apprenticeship

Do you want to gain a higher level of education and have a full-time job in a vehicle garage? Could you see yourself as an individual that wants to fix vehicle damage in a motoring apprenticeship? If your answer is yes, this could be the apprenticeship to kickstart your career, working on vehicle damage repair as a level 4 Vehicle Damage Assessor. 

With the use of the latest electronic estimating systems, you can provide customers a first-class service. You will assist in making assessments on what repairs are needed and how much it will cost for customer vehicle damages. 

The role of a Vehicle Damage assessor apprentice

Working within the automotive body shop industry as a vehicle damage assessor you will accurately inspect and assess all elements of a motor vehicle that has sustained damage and requires repair. During the course of your apprenticeship, you will gain everything you need to become an advanced Vehicle Damage assessor.

The course will involve studying a range of theory and practical tasks that you will need in today’s automotive repair industry. You will be employed by industry-leading professionals that will help you to acquire valuable skills and experience including an excellent training provider to guide and assist you through your apprenticeship course. 

Vehicle Damage Assessor Apprentice Knowledge

Health and Safety

In the workplace, you will be expected to carry out and understand all vehicle safety systems. You will also gain a good understanding of the current Health & Safety legislation during your apprenticeship.

Tools and Equipment 

During your apprenticeship, you will learn how to use the tools and equipment used in given processes including the use of electronic costings systems. You will also have an understanding of vehicle construction and the materials needed to carry out a damage repair.

Day to Day Duties

  • To be able to apply the importance of teamwork in the workplace
  • Communicating effectively in the workplace 
  • Have knowledge of the systems and operations which cover steering, suspension and braking
  • Learn about Transmission and drivelines
  • Have knowledge of the principles of electrical systems 
  • Ability to show a clear understanding of electricals and the use of electronic components 
  • Keep up to date with vehicle repair technologies including Paint, Panel and MET.
  • Have a good understanding of commercial aspects of a body shop
  • Know how to produce a job card
  • Tend to non-accidental related vehicle damage
  • Get to know how to carry out industry vehicle repair methods.
vehicle damage

Desired Skills for the job

You will be able to:

  • Recognise properties of different types of vehicle damage
  • Maintain records
  • Use manual and digital image technology
  • Locate vehicle unique identification details
  • Diagnose safety faults on vehicles
  • Read, adhere to and apply relevant legislation
  • Use repair methods
  • Make judgements on vehicle damage, taking into account safety and cost
  • Commercial decision making
  • Prepare costings based on parts and labour ratios
  • Oral communication, listening and negotiation skills
  • Use industry guidelines appropriately
  • Recognise the importance of gaining approval before work commences
  • Use of estimating software, spreadsheets, online databases

Level 4 vehicle Damage Assessor apprenticeship key behaviours 

As a vehicle damage assessor you will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Being Customer-focused, always putting the customer first.
  • Have a right-first-time approach to tasks, showing you are committed to delivering and maintaining high-quality workplace standards.
  • Present a calm and reasoned approach to any situation.
  • Be able to deliver a professional approach, demonstrating integrity and confidence in daily activities.
  • Adherence to company values, showing passion and enthusiasm for the industry.
  • The ability to take responsibility for health and safety is imperative.
  • Have good attention to detail.

What requirements do I need as a Vehicle Damage assessor? 

All apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

Please note that we would accept holders of the British Sign Language (BSL) qualification if it is your primary language.

Working Hours

Monday – Friday between 8:00 – 5:00pm

You will be required to be employed for 40 hours a week for a duration of 36 months. This does not include your End Of Point Assessment (EPA) period.

Additional Details 

  • Maximum Government funding – £9000
  • Occupational Level – Level 4 
  • EQA Provider – Ofqual 
  • Level 4 equivalent – Foundation degree 
  • Earliest start date – 18/04/2019
  • 1 position available

Conclusion

In summary, the level 4 Vehicle damage assessor apprenticeship offers a great opportunity for those who want to learn to develop themselves in an automotive career path. Whilst gaining experience and life skills in the workplace you will also receive a level 4 qualification in the field which you can take with you on your career journey. The automotive industry is ever growing with employment at around 200,000 so why not earn while you learn and kick start your career today!

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Level 3 Rail Engineering Apprenticeship

Railway Engineers hard at work

Are you looking to kickstart your career in The Railway? If yes, a Rail Engineering Apprenticeship is where you need to be. Rail can represent an interesting and rewarding career path. As a Railway Engineer, you will be doing work that makes a difference to millions of passengers everyday. The apprenticeship is a fantastic way to build on your existing skills and develop new ones that will be essential to your future in the business. 

Not only is this career fun and rewarding, you are also looking at the potential to earn up to £70,000 with the average salary starting at £25,000. 

Occupational Profile for Railway Engineering

Rail Engineering Technicians will provide technical support to Rail Engineers. Some examples of what the engineering disciplines will cover include; track, overhead line, signalling and telecommunications. As an apprentice you will have the opportunity to undertake the core learning and specialise in one particular field. Job titles include: Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician and Rail Systems Technician.

The entry requirements for this role are typically at least GCSEs in English Language at Grades 9-4, Maths at Grades 9-5 and one other subject at Grades 9-4. Or you will hold an NVQ or BTEC Level 2 of above in an Engineering subject or equivalents. 

Core Knowledge, Skills and behaviours of a Railway Engineer (level 3)

There are several knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required of a railway engineer. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop and improve each one of these. To see the complete lists, visit Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Rail Engineer Apprenticeship page.

Knowledge Required

  • Safe and Professional working practices 
  • The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design principles
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions and innovation
  • The importance of 3rd party requirements and client confidentiality
  • How the railway works commercially   

Skills Required

  • Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices.
  • Plan a high standard of technical work
  • Deliver a high standard of technical work
  • Solve problems
  • Manage resources
  • Communicate effectively

Behaviours that a railway engineer should demonstrate

  • Act professionally
  • Be risk aware
  • Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work
  • Work reliably and safely
  • Work effectively and efficiently, individually and as part of a team
  • Receptive to feedback
  • Prepared to make a personal commitment

Specific Knowledge and Skills:

In addition, for the discipline they are following, Technicians will have the following specific knowledge and skills regarding different techniques and methods used to construct, install, maintain and renew The Railway.

Track. You will need a good understanding of track geometry, the requirements, methods and techniques to install track. The impact of the railway environment e.g. tunnels, embankments, vegetation and drainage. Be able to undertake detailed inspection and analyze the performance and condition of track. 

Electrification. Be able to work to high and low voltage power rules, isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages. Work on live battery & inverter systems. Understand, manage and maintain harmonic & power quality systems, transformer rectifiers, motor generators and transformers, DC traction breakers, protection and SCADA control systems.

Overhead Lines. Knowledge of excavation, ground works, different ‘piling’ methods and foundations. Understand construction design and bonding layouts, electrical clearance, insulation installation wiring and risks around radial load and correct methodology. 

Signaling. Understanding and application of safety integrity and fundamental signaling principles as applied to train control systems, the varying types of signal control and the signaling symbols and alphabet used in signaling design drawings. 

Telecoms. Understanding telecoms principles and associated operating procedures for railway communication and information systems (and systems interfaces) including optical networks, passenger alarm, customer information, CCTV and wireless networks. 

Traction & Rolling Stock. Understanding of vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Working knowledge of the traction and rolling stock systems, sub systems and components which include mechanical, electrical, process controller and fluid power equipment. 

Rail Systems. This is a specialism in its own right and requires knowledge and skills from across the rail engineering disciplines above to be able to provide technical support and direction across a number of disciplines including traffic management systems, new train control systems, wheel/rail interface, remote condition monitoring and the requirements of a digital railway.

What Qualifications will you gain?

Qualifications gained during this Apprenticeship:

– Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)

– Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)

Duration of Apprenticeship:

Typically 36 months. This will depend on your previous experience and access to opportunities.

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Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager Apprenticeship

Interested in a career in engineering and road transport? Want to kickstart your career in a field of steady growth and learn alongside seasoned professionals? The Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager apprenticeship might be for you – Find out what this role entails, and what your journey could look like.

Role overview and entry criteria for the Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager apprenticeship

The duration of the apprenticeship is 36 months, but may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience. It is recommended that candidates have completed a Level 3 apprenticeship, or has prior work experience in an engineering supervisor role.

In this role you are responsible for managing the road transport engineering department of a bus, coach or commercial vehicle operator – this includes managing the safety of the team and the reliability of the vehicle fleet. You will ensure that vehicles are compliant with health and safety regulations, and relevant industry regulations and codes of practice for Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV). You will also constantly review working practices in the depot, managing the infrastructure and resources efficiently and managing environmental impact.

Displays cones and road sign
Traffic cones and road signs

Personal and professional skills required as a Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager

Those who take on the role will need to display and develop the following key skills throughout their apprenticeship:

  • Customer relationship management – managing and building relationships with internal and external customers
  • Results driven – take full ownership of work and collaborate with team members to exceed expectations
  • Proactive and enthusiastic – consistently identify opportunities for growth in yourself and others and recognising the contribution of others, providing constructive feedback
  • Active listening – use a range of communication methods to suit the diverse audiences you will be working with
  • Deconstructing and managing complex situations – accepting responsibility and making decisions based on personal initiative, technical knowledge, and situational analysis
  • Resilience and drive – seeing work through to completion and prepared to try new things and redefine best practices
  • Natural authority – consistent leader, acting as a role model

Responsibilities of a Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager

Within the role you will take on various responsibilities, some of which are:

  • Developing plans and schedules to maintain the fleet maintenance schedule in order to provide safe and reliable operational performance standards
  • Working with drivers and internal and external customers
  • Prioritising and managing breakdown and maintenance issues, such as road accidents
  • Apply engineering solutions using established and emerging technology
  • Monitor the efficiency of engineering activities and proposing improvements to efficiency
  • Ensuring industry best practice is adhered to by all staff, identifying and reducing all risks
  • Managing the performance and development of staff, leading by example
  • Managing the engineering budget in accordance with realistic targets
  • Managing the storage, removal and disposal of waste on site, actively seeking to minimise environmental impact
  • Building strong relationships with all stakeholders, such as suppliers, manufacturers, and regulators
  • Delivering performance reports using relevant technologies
Road work at night, engineers repairing the road
Low angle view of street workers and a welder while repairing the rail tracks in the city at night. Road sign is in front and truck with equipment is in the background.

Career progression for a Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager

Upon completion of this apprenticeship you can expect to gain a qualification which meets the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician. This will make you ready to pursue either a full-time career in the field, or continue onto higher levels of education and training, leading to a business management or engineering degree.

Conclusion

The Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager role has wide scope for the development of both your personal and professional skills and can set you up for a successful career in the engineering industry.

If you would like to learn about other engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship offerings, check out our other posts here.

Rail Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

Level 2 Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Overview

Are you looking for a meaningful career in The Railway? The Railway has been an incredibly essential part of our development as a nation. Each year, over 1.7 billion train journeys are made in the UK and 9% of all of the UK’s domestic freight was moved by rail. A Rail Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to build on your existing skills and develop new ones that will be invaluable to a Railway Engineer.

This apprenticeship can put you on the path to becoming a Rail Engineer, a lucrative job that earns on average £53,425 per year (range £22,880 to £143,000).

Level 2 Rail Engineer Apprenticeship employees discussing on a railway track with orange vests
Two engineers discussing on railway tracks with orange vests

Entry Criteria and Core Skills

To be a successful applicant for this job, training providers and employers are looking for a Rail Engineering Apprentice who is aware of safe and professional working practices, general engineering techniques, how to work effectively and contribute towards engineering solutions, has awareness of commercial principles and it’s implications.

So, Core skills for this apprenticeship include the ability to understand and comply with safe working practices, willingness to prepare for and deliver a high standard of technical work, the ability to identify and report problems, to utilise tools, materials and equipment effectively and finally all applicants must possess effective communication skills.

What do I need to be a Rail Engineer Apprentice?

To be a Rail Engineer, you would be on the front line of the railway, keeping all the trains running smoothly through managing safe construction, installation and upkeep of the extensive network.

The day-to-day responsibilities of this apprenticeship include…

  • Assisting in the Construction and maintenance of The Railway and it’s components
  • Contributing to functional and operational tests using specialist equipment
  • Helping to diagnose equipment failures and prevent future faults

Specific Knowledge and Skills required

TRACK Understand the process for track installation, methods and techniques for track inspection, maintenance and replacement, what constitutes a track defect or variation, track work instructions, hot weather restrictions and extreme weather plans. Maintain the track and its environment including vegetation and drainage.

ELECTRIFICATION Understand electrical principals. Under direction: assist in maintenance and installation of railway electrification equipment and components; assist in isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages and frequencies, working on live battery & inverter systems and maintaining substation plant.

OVERHEAD LINES Understand mechanical principles and construction design. Follow instructions to assemble overhead line components so to keep in line with detailed specification, using lifting and access equipment while working at heights.

SIGNALLING Understand function and characteristics of railway signalling systems, including electrical, electronic and mechanical principles. Under direction: install & wire signalling or control systems; install position and label equipment, components and cables, undertake relevant checks; assist in testing of components and equipment plus maintain and rectify signal control systems equipment.

TELECOMS Understand principles of electronic devices, circuits, data and communications equipment. Understand the types of operational constraints when carrying out telecoms installation and maintenance activities.

TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK Understand vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Under direction, carry out preventative and scheduled maintenance activities and follow vehicle maintenance instructions on T&RS communication equipment and check subsystems are operating correctly.

What Qualifications do I gain?

Qualifications gained during this Apprenticeship:
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Competence)
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
Duration of Apprenticeship:
12 months

Maximum Funding available:
– £12,000
Level of Apprenticeship:
Level 2 – Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes (see below)

A Diagram showing the different levels of apprenticeships, and to what they are equivalent. A level 2 apprenticeship is classified as intermediate and is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.
A diagram to show the different Apprenticeship Levels. This Apprenticeship is a Level 2.

Possible job titles include; Track Operative, Overhead Line Operative, Electrification Operative, Traction & Rolling Stock Operative, Signalling Operative, Telecoms Operative.

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Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship

Furniture Product Developer

Are you ready to kickstart your career as a Furniture Product Developer? Do you have a passion for furniture, or do you appreciate a well-made couch? Furniture developers work in a large team and are involved in the design, testing, materials and manufacturing processes of new furniture development! If this is something that excites you then a FUrniture Product Developer Apprenticeship may be the right step for you!

Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship Job Criteria

Your role will be very varied with no one day looking the same. Furniture Product Developers are responsible for creating designed briefs for new or improved furniture. You will be responsible for managing the process right from the design process through to development.

The job criteria typically include but is not limited to:

  • Plan, organise and manage furniture design projects from design to development whilst adhering to a budget.
  • Create suitable furniture design briefs and concepts for the furniture products to be produced.
  • Research new and existing furniture products and materials and incorporate these into new designs.
  • Collaborate with marketing, technical, suppliers and manufacturing specialists to combine furniture design, business and engineering skills.
  • Choose appropriate furniture manufacturing methods, processes and techniques to produce furniture designs.
  • Create 2D and 3D drawings, prototypes, models, mock-ups, artwork, samples or test pieces of furniture designs to bring these to life.
  • Present furniture designs to customers.
  • Collate costing information and present this in a comprehensive format (Bill of Materials)
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, customers, suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.

What do I need to know to perform this role?

This role is situated in the manufacturing sector so there are quite a bit of health and safety guidelines you will be required to follow! Don’t worry, we are here to help you. To clarify, you will need:

  • A clear understanding of hazardous materials for health.
  • To be familiarised with codes of practice for testing furniture design.
  • Basic project management skills.
  • How to find and design using the best materials.
  • How to communicate and present your designs to customers.
  • Understand the importance of developing good working relationships with others.
Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship

What skills and behaviours do I need?

If you have passion for the field, then you’re already halfway there, but here are a few more skills and behaviours to consider to becoming a successful Furniture Product Developer.

Skills:

Behaviours:

  • Highly Organised
  • CAD modelling
  • Presentation skills
  • People skills – effective communication, collaborative
  • Product, company and policy knowledge
  • Investigative
  • Commitment to health and safety procedures
  • Integrity in their work
  • Creative thinker
  • Methodological
  • Positive work ethic

Read more about the skills and requirements here.

This list can be overwhelming but remember you are going to pick up a lot of these skills as part of your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are designed to give you a specialist skillset for a certain role. However remember, you will also be improving your interpersonal skills in the process, which will be transferable to many different roles.

Entry Requirements for Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

How does that sound?

To conclude, if you are someone who wants to jump into the ever-growing manufacturing sector, then this is the role for you! Apprenticeships give you the best of both, the opportunity to learn and gain experience whilst earning! If you want to find out about some more UK approved courses then visit our website.

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Level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant Apprenticeship

Working with a team of professionals to assist in the production and delivery of TV/Radio shows. Sound exciting? This level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant role could be the start of your new career!

The role and salary for a level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant Apprentice

The Broadcast Production Assistant provides key support to both editorial and technical colleagues which ensures the smooth delivery of content for TV and radio productions. These productions can be anything from factual to comedy and everything in between. Candidates will work as part of a production team and need to be both adaptable and willing to learn on the job. Broadcast production assistants may plan projects, events, manage guests, obtain equipment and importantly, manage resources (including finance). They may also be involved in operational areas such as camera, lighting, sound, and editing. For commercial sectors, it may be their job to develop branding, commercials and work closely with marketers.

The average Broadcast Production Assistant salary in the UK is between £15k – £18k but that can change very quickly as you start progressing through your career and into new positions. The Broadcast Production Assistant apprenticeship is a window of opportunity into a wide range of production roles within the commercial environment, a career choice that offers room for movement within the entertainment industry.

Pathways and requirements

Broadcast Production Assistants can progress into TV or radio creative, production management, or editing roles, such as Researcher, Production Co-ordinator, or Editorial Co-ordinator.

Regarding qualifications, apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Employers will often set their own criteria for entry, but this can include 5 or more GCSE’s A* – C.

Broadcast Production Assistant: Core skills and knowledge

The apprentice’s job role will consist of responsibilities that will fulfill a range of competencies. These include:

Production Planning – skills

  • How new productions in TV/Radio are commissioned
  • The differences between genre and the type of production
  • TV/Radio production being developed
  • How to use tools and techniques to research ideas and concepts for a TV/Radio production
  • How to work within a budget allocation for a production
  • The legislation that may apply to cast and crew on productions including health and safety, licenses, working time directive

Knowledge

  • Follow the commissioning process for TV/Radio productions
  • Interpret the production brief, research and identify the audience for the TV/Radio production
  • Research and develop creative ideas and concepts for a TV/Radio production
  • Present persuasive ideas, pitches and proposals for TV/Radio productions
  • Identify and assist with sourcing resources for a TV/Radio production including equipment, crew, budget and existing media assets

Production Development – skills

  • Use tools to research the methods and tools that underpin the development of creative thinking
  • The different styles of writing that can be used according to the genre of production
  • How to establish the appropriate tone of voice for a TV/Radio production
  • The end-to-end production workflow process, the key stages, and own role within this
  • The regulatory and legal requirements when using media assets such as copyright, intellectual property rights etc
  • How to gather data to evaluate the success of a TV/Radio production    against its objectives

Knowledge

  • Work to a commission to develop content for TV/Radio
  • Write a brief for a production, or storyboard and outline script their ideas
  • Operate effectively within the production workflow
  • Obtain media assets for use within the TV/Radio production
  • Apply copyright/intellectual property rights to media assets
  • Clear copyright for productions
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships when in production
  • Use lessons learned to evaluate the success of the TV / Radio production and identify areas for improvement for future productions

Industry Awareness – skills

  • How to manage and market your own skills and services
  • The structure and culture of broadcasters, creative media organisations and the wider creative industry.
  • Commercial pressures, production deadlines and organisational working practices
  • The safe use of equipment on TV/Radio Productions

Knowledge

  • Develop, maintain and use professional networks
  • Develop and maintain own competence and knowledge in specialist broadcast areas
  • Follow health & safety procedures when on a production
  • Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace

Content Creation – skills

  • The principles of grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • How to capture video, pictures, graphics and sound from various formats, in preparation for non-linear editing
  • How to prepare for and conduct interviews
  • How to identify media assets from various sources
  • How to manipulate media assets

Knowledge

  • Write and edit scripts and cues for use in TV/Radio productions
  • Capture images and record audio on location or in a studio
  • Maintain records of material produced and its location using production logs
  • Prepare media assets for use in TV / Radio productions
  • Assist with co-ordinating productions end to end

Specialist skills and knowledge

The apprentice must demonstrate competence in three of the below areas. These have been tailored specifically to the needs of the role and the broadcast employer.

Editing and post-production – skills

  • How the editing approach affects the production of the final content
  • How to securely store and access media assets
  • How to archive, conserve and preserve media assets

Knowledge

  • Assist with importing and editing of media content from files/drives (ingest)
  • Use industry standard packages to carry out basic edits and post produce media content
  • Edit, process and mix audio assets
  • Manage and store media assets correctly

Technical support – skills

  • The procedures for obtaining technical equipment
  • How to set up and de-rig technical equipment

Knowledge

  • Obtain, prepare, and return technical equipment for use on TV / Radio productions
  • Operate technical equipment in the studio and on location

Production co-ordination – skills

  • The procedures to follow when sourcing locations, catering, accommodation and transport for productions
  • The processes to follow when monitoring resources and budgets on productions

Knowledge

  • Identify and source locations, catering accommodation and transport, fora TV/ Radio production
  • Monitor the production budget and resources
  • Complete and maintain production documentation

Live content creation – skills

  • How to successfully produce and broadcast live events for TV/Radio
  • How to work with transmission and broadcast engineering service partners for live broadcast

Knowledge

  • Assist with the production of live programming for TV/Radio
  • Work with transmission and broadcast engineering services to broadcast live content

Commercial – skills

  • Awareness of branding guidelines
  • The importance of branding for TV and Radio
  • How to develop and produce trails, promos and commercials

Knowledge

  • Support the production of branding, promos, trails and commercials for TV / Radio
  • Support the end-to-end production of sponsored/branded content

Broadcast Production Assistant behaviours and exams

To complete the Broadcast Production Assistant qualification, you must demonstrate the following behaviours and required knowledge to work within a wide range of production disciplines, in a safe and professional manner.

 

  • A passion for developing and producing content for TV/Radio productions
  • An ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively as part of a production team
  • An ability to think critically and creatively
  • Working in an ethical and sustainable manner
  • A strong work ethic and commitment in order to meet the standards required
  • Recognition of and compliance with equality and diversity in the workplace

In order to complete the qualification successfully you must demonstrate your skills and knowledge gained throughout the apprenticeship. The apprentice will be required to complete an EPA (End-point assessment) to show they are fully competent in their occupational job role. The EPA is made up of three assessment tools:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Test
  • Structured Interview

Further detail on the End-point assessment can be found in the Broadcast Production Assessment Assistant document here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/media/1158/broadcast_production_assistant.pdf

Conclusion

Broadcast production assistants are in demand because without them no new media
content would ever find its way onto our screens. They are equally happy on set where the
filming happens, presenting ideas to commissioning editors, or at their desks mastering
technology around end-to-end content creation. If you are reading this blog you will have
picked up on the really vital skills for success in this career: You must be able to write well
and think creatively, be capable of managing a wide range of people and resources to
make a production run smoothly, follow processes, present ideas, and develop a
commercial mindset to predict, monitor and evaluate success of new productions. You
need to be comfortable around using new technology, and adept at relationship skills – as
you progress you will be pulling people together to work as one team with an agreed vision
and purpose. If you want to start thinking like a Broadcast Production professional, start by
paying attention to anything you watch on a screen and ask yourself a few simple
questions: Why will people want to watch this, who are they, when will they watch and on
which channels?

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Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Working with your team to define, design, build and implement your campaigns across a range of digital platforms. Sound good to you? If so, then read on and find out how the level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship could help kick start your new career!

Profile, job roles and entry requirements for the level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

The Digital Marketing Apprenticeship provides the opportunity for an apprentice to learn the skills required to build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms; to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention. Here you’ll work as a team but also be responsible for your own elements of an overall marketing plan.

This can lead to a number of great marketing roles such as: Digital Marketing Executive, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator, Social Media Executive. Digital Marketing apprenticeship salaries in the UK average a start at £16k but with lots of room for progression in the years to follow. This apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for you to begin your career in digital with a basis in effective, practical experience.

Employers will set their own criteria for entry, but this can include:

  • 5 or more GCSE’s A* – C
  • Level 2 in English and Mathematics, or the equivalent in functional skills.

Digital Marketing: Key technical competencies

  • Written communcation: Skills for a range of audiences with regard to the sensitivity of communcation
  • Research: Able to analyse and contribute with regard to the digital environment to nform short and long-term strategies
  • Technologies: Recommending effective and appropriate solutions using a vareity of technologies and tools to meet marketing objectives
  • Data: reviews, monitors and analyses online activity and provides recommendations and insights to others
  • Customer service: responds efficiently to enquiries using online and social media platforms
  • Problem solving: applies structured techniques to problem solving, and analyses problems and resolves issues across a variety of digital platforms
  • Analysis: understands and creates basic analytical dashboards using appropriate digital tools
  • Implementation: builds and implements digital campaigns across a variety of digital media platforms
  • Applies at least two of the following specialist areas: search marketing, search engine optimisation, e mail marketing, web analytics and metrics, mobile apps and Pay-Per-Click
  • Uses digital tools effectively
  • Digital analytics: measures and evaluates the success of digital marketing activities

Interprets and follows:

  • latest developments in digital media technologies and trends
  • marketing briefs and plans
  • company defined ‘customer standards’ or industry good practice for marketing
  • company, team or client approaches to continuous integration
  • Can operate effectively in their own business’s, their customers’ and the industry’s environments

Core technical knowledge and understanding

  • Understands the principles of coding
  • Understands and can apply basic marketing principles
  • Understands and can apply the customer lifecycle
  • Understands the role of customer relationship marketing
  • Understands how teams work effectively to deliver digital marketing campaigns and can deliver accordingly
  • Understands the main components of Digital and Social Media Strategies
  • Understands the principles of all of the following specialist areas: search marketing, search engine optimisation, e mail marketing, web analytics and metrics, mobile apps and Pay-Per-Click and understands how these can work together
  • Understands the similarities and differences, including positives and negatives, of all the major digital and social media platforms
  • Understands and responds to the business environment and business issues related to digital marketing and customer needs
  • Understands and follows digital etiquette
  • Understands how digital platforms integrate in to the working environment
  • Understands and follows the required security levels necessary to protect data across digital and social media platforms
The Secret to Being a Successful Digital Marketer

Skills, attitudes and behaviours

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Qualifications

New apprentices:

Apprentices who start their studies after the 1st June 2020 will use the qualifications listed in Table 2 below.

Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right-hand column in the table below. This then exempts one of the Ofqual-regulated knowledge modules, as shown in the left-hand column.

Table: The knowledge modules are summarised below, and further details are available in the occupational brief available from https://www.nsar.co.uk/digital-eqa/digital-apprenticeship-standards/

Knowledge Modules Vendor or Professional Qualifications
Knowledge Module 1: Principles of Coding (for level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship) MTA HTML 5 Application Development Fundamentals (98-375) CIW – Site Development Associate
Knowledge Module 2: Marketing Principles (for Level 3 Digital Marketer)   Google Squared CIM Level 3 Award in Digital Fundamentals Dot Native CIW – Internet Business Associate
Knowledge Module 3: Digital Marketing Business Principle (for level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship) Google Analytics IQ CIM Level 3 Award in Digital Fundamentals CIW – Data Analytics CIW – Social Media Strategist Dot Native Google Squared

Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take.

To note: if apprentices started their studies prior to the 1st June 2020 but have not yet selected or started their mandated qualifications, then they will select their qualifications from Table 2.

Further detail on the End-point assessment can be found in the Digital Marketer Assessment document here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/media/1125/digital_marketer.pdf

Conclusion

Digital marketers have a great future ahead of them, playing a central role in defining the way people buy, sell and consume goods and services. In this sense, they are key to a vibrant economy that can embrace opportunity through technology and a deep knowledge of what people want next. If you are reading this blog you will have identified some key skills vital to success in your career: Teamwork, problem solving, meeting client deadlines flexibility, logic, creativity, and the ability to use your own initiative. In addition, you need to develop a mindset of continuous learning and a genuine curiosity about the digital marketplace. To start thinking in the right way, every time you do a Google search and an advert pops up, ask yourself a few simple questions: How did this advert suddenly appear, what makes it appealing, and why did the digital marketer choose this particular combination of words and images to make me click?

That concludes this page on the level 3 Digital Marketing Apprentice qualification. Take time to ask yourself: Is this a role I could see myself in? Did I find it interesting? Do I think I could bring something to this position?

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